‘Battlestar Galactica’ to Be Rebooted & Once Featured Soap Opera Stars
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Science fiction classic gets another reboot on digital streaming.
NBC Universal is planning to launch its own streaming service, to be called Peacock, in April of 2020. The network will feature original content, including reboots of classic NBC shows such as Battle Star Galactica. Little is known about the new version, other than it is being billed as an original series and is from the executive producer of Mr. Robot and Homecoming, Sam Esmail. It’s a project Esmail wanted to take on under a new four year deal with NBC’s Universal Content Productions. The original Battlestar Galactica aired on ABC for one season from 1978 until 1979, but was produced by NBC’s Universal and created by Glen A. Larson. NBC Universal TV produced the successful Ronald D. Moore reboot that ran on the then Sci-Fi Channel from 2004 until 2009. Soaps.com readers may or may not know that several daytime actors, including ones from Days of our Lives, General Hospital and Young and Restless, were featured in both runs of the show.
The original Battlestar Galactica starred Richard Hatch as Captain Apollo, Dirk Benedict as Lieutenant Starbuck and Lorne Greene as Commander Adama. All three actors had well-established careers, with Hatch previously staring as Phillip Brent on All My Children. After Battlestar Galactica, he’d go on to play Dean Caldwell in Dynasty, and Stephen Slade in Santa Barbara. The original Battlestar Galactica centered around the last group of humans on the verge of extinction after a series of wars with a robot race, the Cylons, destroyed the twelve colonies. The surviving humans fled in the last remaining battleship group, anchored by the Galactica, to search for their last option for survival, the fabled thirteenth colony known as Earth. The show featured many guest stars who would later go on to have their own television careers, including Days of our Lives star Leann Hunley (Anna Brady DiMera), who played a female warrior for four episodes.
The second major incarnation began as a three-hour Sci-Fi Channel miniseries in 2003 produced by Universal TV, which resulted in four full seasons. It starred Edward James Olmos as Adama, Mary McConnell as President Laura Roslin, Katee Sackhoff as Starbuck, Jamie Bamber as Apollo, and James Callis as Dr. Gaius Baltar. The plot followed the original series, though provided more background on the war with the Cylons, who were of humans’ creation and attacked the colonies with the help of Dr. Baltar. The reboot featured Soap and The Young and the Restless star Donnelly Rhodes (Dutch Leitner, Phillip Chancellor II) as Dr. Sherman Cottle and General Hospital’s Dominic Zamprogna as James ‘Jammer’ Lyman.
Soaps.com will keep you updated as more becomes known about the third version and its cast.